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Moving Toward a More Equitable Clark

To build a more equitable Clark University, we know we have much work to do. This work will take many forms, involve all members of the Clark community, and require additional resources. It will strengthen our great University, setting the stage for a better future.

Our Community Commitment

Clark is an extraordinary learning community characterized not only by a commitment to discovery, understanding, and knowledge but also by deep appreciation for its importance to individual lives and change in our society. We pride ourselves in fostering a sense of belonging and care for one another.

Across the years and especially in the last decade, we have worked to move ever closer toward a fully inclusive, just, and equitable Clark.

Yet, systemic racism and other forms of oppression do still appear at Clark, undermining our community, harming individuals, and standing in the way of every student seeking the fullest promise of a Clark education.

To ensure that Clark becomes a place where all students, faculty, and staff can be successful, our community must be committed to re-examining and reshaping the academic and campus experience to make it more equitable and inclusive. Our efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion not only will benefit our students and ensure their success at and beyond Clark, but also are inextricably tied to the University’s future success.

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University Diversity Action Council

The University Diversity Action Council (UDAC) works with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and relevant faculty and staff committees to monitor, evaluate, and assess Clark’s implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

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Initiative Areas

Explore Clark’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, including action items and updates, within each area below.

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Updated June 8, 2021

Academics Action Items
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Campus Climate and Safety

Updated June 8, 2021

Campus Climate and Safety Action Items
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Updated June 8, 2021

Community Action Items
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Data and Assessment

Updated March 5, 2020

Data and Assessment Action Items
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Policies, Practices, and Procedures

Updated June 8, 2021

Policies, Practices, and Procedures Action Items

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Registration Opens for Affinity Housing

Students may focus on centering Blackness, fighting anti-Blackness

Care Team provides support for students, families

Staff focus on outreach, assistance to promote student success

Virtual events offer opportunity to stay connected

From crochet to career preparation, events include “something for everyone"

COVID, Power, and Inequality: A Q&A

Course explores inequities, social change through lens of the pandemic

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Honoring Juneteenth

Beginning this year, Clark University recognized Juneteenth, a day commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, as an official holiday.

To mark the occasion, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Africana Studies program hosted “ ‘This Was Not a Riot’: History, Memory and the Bombing of Black Wall Street” on June 17. Introduced by Esther Jones, associate provost and dean of the faculty, the webinar included a screening of “Blood on Black Wall Street,” a documentary about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, followed by a conversation led by Ousmane Power-Greene, associate professor of history at Clark, and Dr. Kalenda Eaton, a professor in The Clara Luper Department of African and African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

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